What’s your witchy background? Day 1: What’s your Witchy Background?
I have been a witch for 19 years. In 1993, I was in my forst year of college and taking a creative writing class. I needed inspiration and was wandering around B. Dalton and ended up in the New Age section where I found The Truth About Witchcraft by Scott Cunningham. I bought the book to use as research but the more I read it, the more it spoke to me. I bought several more of Cunningham’s books (still as research) but ge wrote made sense to things I was already feeling. On July 4th of that year I went up to my grandparent’s house in the mountains and did a dedication ritual beside the creek in their backyard.
At first I practiced what Cunningham’s books laid out for me, but as time passed I realized I felt no connection any male deities and began reading about Dianic Wicca. While I am not actually Dianic (it is a specific practice unto itself) I am completely Goddess focused in my practice.
I consider my practice to be creative in nature. I make most of my tools, write most of my own prayers, spells and rituals, and rarely use my books for more than information gathering (I don’t use spells or rituals from them). I have found these things to be more powerful and meaningful for me when I create them myself.
Over the years I have either been very involved to barely practicing depending on where I lived or how I felt. I have written for a couple online zines, Mystic Witch and the single issue of Baubo, as well as a couple articles in the print magazine Circle. I am a solitary practitioner though I used to do rituals with my friend before she moved. We did a baby blessing for her daughter. I have tried several times to join groups and circles but have yet to find one I am comfortable with.